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WSJ Magazine – Benesse Art Site, Japan

December 23rd, 2010

In the Fall this year I had the opportunity to travel to Japan’s Seto Inland Sea to photograph a series of amazing museums and art installations that are part of the ‘Benesse Art Site’.  Darryl Wee (the writer of the piece) describes it as follows:

“The Benesse Art Site, an archipelago of art-sprinkled Japanese islands, is billionaire businessman Soichiro Fukutake’s realized vision of an ecologically enlightened “slow life.” The head of an educational publishing company, Benesse Corporation, Fukutake started this remote haven for contemplating art framed by nature some 20 years ago. Accessible only by ferry, after a three-hour bullet-train ride from Tokyo, the cluster of islands just off the coast of Okayama is located far enough from the hyperactive density of Japanese cities to tune out the urban hum, allowing visitors to truly transport themselves as they walk, muse and view the growing collection of contemporary art and installations on a wide-open-spaces scale.”

You can check out the slideshow of images here:

For me the highlight were all of the Tadao Ando-designed museums, including the Chichu Art Museum (地中美術館), which unfortunately I was not permitted to photograph. Next time!

One of his museums is the Benesse House Museum, here housing a work by Bruce Nauman: “100 Live and Die”.

Bruce Nauman's work, "100 Live and Die"

Bruce Nauman's work, "100 Live and Die"

Ning Li – CEO & Founder of for Time Magazine

December 1st, 2010

For the last three and a half months I was trapped in Asia. Well, trapped isn’t entirely accurate – the phone wouldn’t stop ringing so I kept changing my plane ticket back to New York.

One of the last shoots that I participated in when I was in Asia was a portrait of’s CEO Ning Li for Time magazine when Ning was in Shanghai. And that portrait hit stands last week (Nov 29 International Edition for those of you dashing out the door right now).

So I just wanted to share this portrait with you (and link to the full pdf here: CEO Ning Li) uses crowdsourcing to design its furniture – soliciting designs from professional designers and then letting users vote for the best designs. Of those best designs a handful are then put into production. But I digress. I will let you read the article.

Made.Com CEO Ning Li in Shanghai China

Ning Li, CEO of at his Shanghai offices on Tuesday Nov 09, 2010. Photographed for Time magazine by Andrew Rowat.